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Sappho

(c. 600 BCE)

  • Although they are
       Although they are
  • Anactoria
       Yes, Atthis, you may be sure
  • And their feet move
       And their feet move
  • Awed by her splendor
       Awed by her splendor
  • Before they were mothers
       Before they were mothers
  • Blame Aphrodite
       It's no use
  • Cleis
       Sleep, darling
  • Cyprian, in my dream
       Cyprian, in my dream
  • Drapple-thorned Aphrodite,
       Dapple-throned Aphrodite,
  • He is more than a hero
       He is more than a hero
  • I have no complaint
       I have no complaint
  • I took my lyre
       I took my lyre and said:
  • I took my lyre and said
       I took my lyre and said
  • In the spring twilight
       In the spring twilight
  • It is the Muses
       It is the Muses
  • It was you, Atthis, who said
       It was you, Atthis, who said
  • It's no use
       It's no use
  • Leto and Niobe
       Before they were mothers
  • Must I remind you, Cleis,
       Must I remind you, Cleis,
  • No Word
       I have had not one word from her
  • Of course I love you
       Of course I love you
  • Prayer to Our Lady of Paphos
       Dapple-throned Aphrodite,
  • Sleep, darling
       Sleep, darling
  • Sounds of grief
       Must I remind you, Cleis,
  • Standing by my bed
       Standing by my bed
  • Tell everyone
       Tell everyone
  • The Muses
       It is the Muses
  • To Andromeda
       That country girl has witched your wishes,
  • To any army wife
       To any army wife, in Sardis:
  • To Aphrodite
       You know the place: then
  • Tonight I've watched
       Tonight I've watched
  • We know this much
       We know this much
  • We put the urn abord ship
       We put the urn aboard ship
  • We shall enjoy it
       We shall enjoy it
  • With his venom
       With his venom
  • Without warning
       Without warning
  • Words
       Although they are
  • Yes, Atthis, you may be sure
       Yes, Atthis, you may be sure
  • You know the place: then
       You know the place: then
  • You may forget but
       You may forget but